Period Pain Home Treatment in 10 Steps

August 03, 2021

Welcome to the 10 remedies to alleviate period cramps and help you to embrace your inner woman without any fear or frustration in the comfort of your home. 

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A hot water bottle will be as effective as medication to treat cramps and does not come with any of those unwanted side effects. 

Period pain can be so horrific for some women that doctors have given it a scientific name ‘dysmenorrhea’ meaning: the cramps you feel as a result of uterine contractions (when your uterus tightens and relaxes, allowing blood to leave your uterus). The lining of your uterus releases particular chemicals called “prostaglandins”. 

It’s a common condition, over 1/2 of girls suffer with period cramps on a monthly basis and there will be those lucky few that may not suffer with anything at all. 

While cramps aren't always a symbol of a significant underlying health condition, sometimes they can be.  They have a wonderful way of entirely messing with your lifestyle leaving you buckled over in pain, or unable to go out to that event you have been planning on going to for days. Going to work with a hot water bottle at the ready is not really an option! But sometimes you do just wish you could stay wrapped up in the bed sheets.

Why Are Cramps Painful? What is the point!

Dysmenorrhea is the results of chemical compounds within the body referred to as prostaglandins. Before the start of your monthly cycle, the level of prostaglandins within the lining of the womb will increase. 

On the first day of your period the prostaglandins are released at the highest of ratesthat is why period pain is sometimes worse with heavy bleeding on the first couple of days. As your period progresses the lining of the womb is shed, the release of the chemical decreases and pain starts to subside. 

How can you tell if your cramping is normal? 

Each woman or girl usually experiences a comparable level of cramps from month to month.  For many women, month-to-month ache is minor. For others, it will be quite unbearable.

The most necessary question doctors raise while trying to determine whether or not your cramps are normal is “Are they normal for you?”. Can you function with them or are they entirely interfering with your life? 

Can a dangerous amount of cramps be a symbol of something more sinister?
Period cramps typically don’t represent that something is wrong with your health. however in some instances there will be a signal of a medical condition:

Endometriosis. This disorder happens when tissue a bit like the tissue that lines the inside of your womb grows outside your uterus, typically adhering for your bladder, ovaries, or perhaps your bowels.

Uterine Fibroids. These are noncancerous growths that emerge within the female internal reproductive organs walls. 

Adenomyosis. Tissue that usually lines the womb begins to grow within the organ’s muscle wall.

Pain from these things could seem like period pain, however it always lasts longer and will be additional and more extreme than your normal cramps.

If you experience this type of pain, it’s important consult with your personal GP or a Gynaecologist.

Can you help to alleviate cramps with home remedies?
Most of the time this can be the case.

But just in case your ache is intense and impacts your life, don’t be afraid to speak for your doctor, if you feel uncomfortable you can request to see a female doctor as we have all been through this same process. There may be a medicine that can help to assist with the pain but I would always recommend reading the side effects and impacts of any medicines before taking anything to assist you with your pain.

To help reduce period pain, here are ten safe and effective home treatments:

1. Yoga to ease pain, for stretching and strengthening of your muscles and as a relaxation exercise. 
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2. Laying with a hot compress to ease the amount of cramps. A hot water bottle or heated bean bag or even a disposable heat patch. 
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3. Anti-inflamitory medicines, please always seek advice if unsure. Ibuprofen or Paracetamol can be effective but long term excessive use should be avoided to protect the lining of your stomach.

4. Massage With Essential Oils for Pain Relief, lavender can be useful to aid sleep and relax you. There are various ways to use this for massage, in the bath or a small amount on your pillow.  

5. Contraception pills might reduce painful cramping too but be sure to research what works for you as some can increase your appetite or cause depression. Always speak to your doctor if you suffer any unwanted side effects. 

6. Boost Those Feel-Good Endorphins With Exercise (or Orgasm, always use the proper protection and stay safe)
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7. Treatment to relax your nervous system. Acupuncture or a massage. 
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8. Some herbal tea varieties will calm cramping, Chamomile, Peppermint or Ginger. Try not to over indulge and stick to only one or two cups as Peppermint and Ginger can be strong. 

9. Your diet might alleviate the amount of cramps you have, try a low fat diet and see if it works for you. Resist that craving for chocolate and settle for a carrot stick instead.

10. Increased Magnesium in Your Diet. 
Magnesium is found in several foods: almonds, black beans, spinach, yogurt all which hold strong health benefits. 

Keep an eye out for my next post on juice smoothies to boost your immune system and help fight the ongoing battle of women vs cramps! 

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